Even back in 2005, McCain still can’t look Obama in the eye…up close and Personal

To which I say: “Who gives a damn?”  But, that’s me being snarky.

Seriously, if you saw McCain not making eye contact with Obama (after repeatedly being directed to by moderator Jim Lehrer), which millions of people did; that only served to hurt him and hurt him badly with the fence-sitters. (read: Independents). Polls taken after the debate showed Independents swung to Obama simply because of McCain’s abject dissing of him.

The refusal to look Obama in the eye raised questions. The consensus now is that Obama makes McCain UNCOMFORTABLE. More from CQ Politics:

So Obama crossed over into enemy territory.

He walked over to where McCain was chatting with Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. And he stretched out his arm and offered his hand to McCain.

McCain shook it, but with a “go away” look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama. (emphasis mine)

Folks, we’ve been discussing Johnny Mac’s diss and implied bigotry all week, since the debate, but as my colleague, Rikyrah, has pointed out, the MSM refuse to do their jobs and point out the inference behind the dissing – McCain’s implied bigotry.

There are two questions that need to be put to McCain, and put to him before the next scheduled debate.

  1. Does Senator Obama make you uncomfortable?
  2. If he makes you uncomfortable, why does he make you uncomfortable?

Then, we sit back and watch Johnny Mac’s head explode as he tries to answer; unless he tosses the interviewer out of the room like he tossed Maureen Dowd off his campaign plane. We watch that head blow up like the Godfather; a head that Obama, just being respectful, cordial, polite and mature, has already managed to screw with simply by playing his own version of “Cool Hand Luke”; a version that would make the late Paul Newman proud.

I am on record agitating for Obama to get in there and mix it up with McCain’s camp – but my father used to say “When you have your hand in the lion’s mouth, you don’t jerk it back.  You ease it out before he knows its gone.”  That is Obama’s strategy – he’s easing his hand out of McCain’s mouth before that ol’ crochety bastard realizes its gone.  Then again, McCaint already realizes his last opportunity for the White House is leaving, and now we’re being treated to similar scorched-earth campaign tactics we saw Hillary Clinton engage during the primaries.

McCaint should ask Hillary how well did that work for her?  Thought so.

So Obama makes McCain UNCOMFORTABLE.  If you had a Blithering Idiot for a Running Mate that’s so mired in personal scandals of her own, the National Enquirer will probably have enough information for front page stories until January 2009; if you’re on TV with facial tics, drooling and whatnot; if you’re consistently being caught flat-footed telling lies on your opponent and then feigning ignorance…well, maybe you should be feeling UNCOMFORTABLE when the young grasshopper is schooling you on the art of political campaigning while running up the score on your ass.

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